Managing Director of MunSys Technologies (Pty) Ltd
Municipalities worldwide have realized the need for GIS to assist with effective planning and decision support. The lack of technical resources coupled with the complexity of GIS technology has meant that many systems do not deliver on the promises made and typically take years before they deliver any results.
The solution lies in implementing vertical solutions based on open technologies, that can grow with the organizational needs, and that can deliver results very quickly.
For the GIS to be successful it must be implemented in a short time frame and it must support a short learning curve for the operators. This allows the GIS to deliver results within months instead of years. At the same time the system should be easy to use, for higher productivity during data capture and maintenance operations.
The vertical applications must apply the business rules specific to each industry. This also leads to an increase in productivity and ensures that the integrity of the data within the system is maintained at all times. The vertical applications must also hide the complex technologies of the system so that everyone can use it.
Most important is that the applications must make decision support information available to managers and officials. The system must allow these users to easily locate information for inclusion in reports and proposals without requiring extensive GIS knowledge.
And lastly, the system should be based on open technologies and be able to integrate with other systems within the organization. By allowing other systems to share and contribute to the same central database, the organization can deliver real GIS benefits.